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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1569

Senator MAGUIRE(6.58) -I wish to speak tonight on the 1983-84 annual report of the Trade Union Training Authority, which has been presented pursuant to a requirement of the Trade Union Training Authority Act, which was passed by the Parliament in 1975 to set up the Authority. One honourable senator who spoke tonight on the annual report was very critical of the Authority. He said that it was not taking courses to the workers, that it was not leaving its centralised location and visiting the regions of Australia. I should like to set the record straight. It is very clear from the annual report of TUTA that in fact a larger number of courses are not only being taken up in the States, away from Albury-Wodonga, but also are being conducted in the regions. It is important to note that while in 1981-82 there were 20,837 student training days in the States, in the year in question, 1983-84, that number had increased to 31,200.

Debate interrupted.